Waddle slams picking stars like Rooney

Chris Waddle believes England need to pick a team and not a team of stars in we are ever to achieve any success.

Waddle slams picking stars like Rooney

This is difficult with out game. The Premier League is not interested in England so the overseas players will remain but the teaching of football is wrong in this country, we produce individuals not team individuals. We are only now over the problem of picking Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the same England team when they play in the same position. No manager had to the bottle to drop one of them and pick a team.

Roy Hodgson simply threw players on too late, out of position, didn't take Gerrard off when he should and took a player in Lambert he didn't want to use. He had of course taken off all the wingers by that stage so had to rely on Johnson and Baines for crossed although I'm not sure Johnson actually made a cross at all.

Waddle echoed my pre and post game feelings on BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I’m not angry, I’m just fed up of talking about the same old problems.

“I’ll tell you what the biggest problem is when you think about it all - the Premier League. They have a product which they sell around the world. It’s entertaining but it’s doing our players no good whatsoever.

“This (England) is a Premier League side playing tonight which is meant to be the best league in the world. You’re not telling me all those Uruguayan players would get in many teams around the world, apart from (Luis) Suarez who was only 75 per cent fit. (Edinson) Cavani, possibly. Apart from that, who else is there?

“We go on banging the drum that we’ve got this and that.. Do you know what makes the Premier League exciting? Players like Luis Suarez - the foreign players.

“We hype our players up massively like we always do, say we’ve got this and that.

“Look at their (Uruguay’s) back four tonight. The kid at centre-half (Jose Maria Giminez) he’s played two games for Atletico Madrid, he’s not had a cap, but they know how to win games.

“The difference between Premier League football and international football is how to win a football match. It’s not about picking your star players, he plays for Liverpool, he plays for Man U, it’s about getting a balance in the side to get a result and we never, ever do.

“The media is to blame as much as anyone else as when we drop someone or play someone out of position, we’re on the case asking ‘why, why, why?’.

“Other countries say ‘I’ve got good players but unfortunately so and so is going to sit on the bench’.

“Until we get into that way of thinking... How do you win matches? You start from the back, get organised. Then, if you have two or three creative players, build a side around certain players. Then you get balance. It’s not about wanting the best 11 players of the best 11 flair players, but we never, ever, ever learn.”

You have to applaud Hodgson for taking youngsters and preparing for the European Championships in 2 years and the World Cup in Russia in 4 years but when it came down to it Hodgson didn't have what it takes to make the right decisions.

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After the next game then he and his staff must analyse every single aspect of England's game, preparation, training, everything, every minute detail. Then they must decide how every single aspect can be improved, just the same as Tottenham have to.

If you are not constantly making tiny improvements you are actually going backwards as others pass you. England have a lot of catching up to do.

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